MoE announces new method to end cheating in WASSCE and BECE

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After introducing the serialization of questions to end cheating in WASSCE and BECE, the Ministry of Education (MoE) says it looks forward to randomising questions for this year’s International and national examinations.

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Speaking in an interview monitored by Thisterm.com, the Minister for Education, Dr Adutwum said candidates participating in West Africa Examinations Council examinations may soon be answering different questions for the same subjects.

The Education Minister said his outfit in collaboration with the non-profit organization (WAEC) is introducing the new strategy as part of measures to curb examination malpractices at every level, particularly in the examination hall.

The move he also said is amid the provisional results of over 3,500 prospective students cancelled in the just-ended 2023 WASSCE by the West African Examinations Council over alleged examination misconduct and irregularities.

The Minister of Education while reiterating the significance of the randomization of questions policy to journalists in Accra, emphasized the government’s commitment to tackling the challenges facing the education sector.

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“More subjects were cancelled many years ago with regard to the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). You can check the records in 2014; I don’t want to equate in terms of malpractice. We worked with WAEC to introduce what we call serialisation of questions. If you buy any questions, you may not know if the questions are for your region

We are now going on a journey to randomize also WAEC exams. Candidates can sit in the same room as other candidates, but the questions will be randomized. How can you cheat? So this cheating business, we are going to stop it. We as a government are committed to ending cheating; we have begun on a journey that our results and questions are genuine,” the Minister for Education said.

The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is administered to private and public students in the third year of Senior High School. The examination is for both selection to tertiary institutions and for certification.

BECE is both for certification and selection into Senior High Schools and Technical Institutes. Its results are based on Continuous Assessment and external examination. The Continuous Assessment forms 30% whilst the external examination forms 70% of the total assessment.

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